By Mark Stevenson, Staff Writer
Three Cleveland women who escaped in May after about a decade of captivity appeared in a video posted to YouTube thanking people for their help.
Each of the trio — Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight — makes a statement in the video, posted for them by a Cleveland PR firm.
“First and foremost, I want everyone to know how happy I am to be home with my family and my friends,” Berry says. “It’s been unbelievable. I want to thank everyone who has helped me and my family through this entire ordeal. Everyone who has been there to support us — it’s been a blessing to have such an outpouring of love and kindness.”
After also thanking “everyone for your love, support and donations,” Knight strikes a defiant and upbeat tone.
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF.Asiana Airlines Flight 214 was 500 feet up and about a half-minute from San Francisco International Airport when its speed dropped below the threshold for a safe landing. It continued slowing until just about 8 seconds before touchdown, when pilots recognized the need for more speed and throttled up.
But it already was too late. By the time the engines started adding speed, the hulking Boeing 777 was barely above San Francisco Bay and the plane clipped the seawall at the end of the runway, slammed down and spun, then caught fire. Incredibly, only two of the 307 people on board died, and most of the survivors suffered few or no injuries.
The head of the National Transportation Safety Board on Monday revealed additional details about the final seconds before Saturday’s crash, but what remained unknown was why the pilots didn’t react sooner.
Some of the answers about decisions they made were expected to come Tuesday, after details emerge from U.S. and Korean joint interviews of the pilots that began Monday.
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(CBS News) KILLEEN, Texas — The war in Afghanistan is winding down, but Americans are still fighting and dying there. Four were killed on the very day last month that the U.S. handed control of the country’s security to the Afghan army and police. Among them: Ember Alt.
Charles Alt was in Afghanistan working as a civilian contractor when he got the call about his daughter, 21-year-old Army Spc. Ember Alt. She was stationed in Afghanistan, too, just a couple of hours away from him.
“They took me to the mortuary, and I viewed the body, and I didn’t want to believe what I saw,” he remembers. “They told me she was killed from a rocket attack. … They told me she didn’t suffer at all, which was a big relief.”
Spc. Alt had worked as a mechanic at Bagram Air Base.
“She told me a couple of times that it is scary out there, but she also said she knew what her job was,” Charles Alt says. “And she had to do her job to the best of her ability.”
There was a special tribute to Alt by her fellow soldiers at Bagram before her father accompanied her home.
“Felt like the longest flight of my life,” he says. “But I am thankful that I was over there to be able to escort her home. To bring my little girl home.”